I have been teaching workshops since 2015 and my expertise lies in speaking of my own identities through different lenses. I have taught to a myriad of age groups from teens to elderly individuals. My academic ethics are rooted in accessibility. All workshops begin with a laying of ground rules, a class created and defined word bank for terms we will be discussing, a goal, and an evaluation of the privileges and biases we may all be bringing to the classroom. We discuss what it means to "step-up and step-back" as well as engage in a meaningful and conscious manner. The most recent organizations who have invited me to teach are listed below. Please email using the icon above to book an engagement.
“HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT”
In 2019 I presented a session during the Edmonds School District event “Inclusion and Alliance Summit.” The conference was birthed out of student need to feel safe and visible to their teachers and peers. Currently the use of dead names, incorrect pronouns, and lack of general understanding of the LGBTQIA+ student body representation. Hosted by Class president and Rainbow president Nouvanny.
Edmonds SD invited me to discuss my own experience of being a high school drop out due to bullying, homophobia, a learning disability, and domestic violence. I discussed the layers of being Muslim, a child of immigrants, gender non-conforming, and being on the constant verge of houselessness, if I did not comply with the toxic demands of my environments.
"Young Women Empowered" has invited me to their camp, YWE Create, for 2017 and 2018. I lead a workshop titled: "Anti-Racist Make-up." We divulge into topics around transmisogyny, anti-blackness, Youtube sensations, Eurocentric beauty, and our concept of make-up as a whole. Youth were challenged to bring their own definitions and revision of content. We discussed together how femme identities and visibility make us feel and interact in the world.
North Seattle Community College has invited me and a co-lead for 2016 and 2017 to teach workshops related to islamomophobia in the LGBTQI+ community. I discuss the lack of inclusiveness and the erasures used to dismiss the struggles of someone of faith who also holds the identities of LGBTQI+. We discuss current events, anti-blackness, and feelings of isolation. There is time given to work in pairs and as a group, and practice and create your own personal plan to be more inclusive in your community. Reference is also given to Noor.
"FEMMEVISIBILITY" & “(NOT) COMING OUT 101”
The Muslim Alliance of Sexual Gender Diversity holds an annual retreat for LGBTQI individuals. Last year (2016) I taught a workshop on the lack of validity given to femme identities who are also at the intersections of this retreat. We discussed how the treatment of femmes in our community is paradoxical and how we can unlearn such behavior. I have also co-led “(Not) Coming Out 101” since 2015.” A workshop meant to reduce shame around western configurations of coming out, and helping folks find what it means to be honest with themselves first and foremost.
"PRIVILEGE & INCLUSION"”
In 2015 "Whole Child Learning Center" requested that I as the only person of color, and the only queer and trans disabled member of staff educate the rest of staff on their white, able bodied, and heteronormative privilege. Although this is a very unhealthy solution to being discriminated against in the workplace, I wanted to give them a fair shot to learn. Despite developing scholarly powerpoint, providing published works, and creative group exercises - attitudes did not change. I have since then offered it as a tool to others in my diverse community facing similar oppressions in the workplace to educate themselves on their rights.